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What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Even so, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale concise, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which involves one file storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any given web hosting distributor into an actual cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to offer remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. Very few web hosting vendors can really achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving a lot of domains, web portals, e-mailboxes, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing only remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted just to the electronic mail linked services. Doing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or maybe a whole bunch of mail servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting firm will support multiple server farm locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting provider:

If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS simply exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they merely furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a number of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will spring up out of the blue.